Call of Duty: Black Ops III Rakes in $550 Million in Three Days

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Rakes in $550 Million in Three Days

Call of Duty Black Ops 3

According to Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops III is "bigger than any [other] game, any movie, or any entertainment launch this year."

If there's one franchise that can consistently be counted on to print cash for its creators, it's Call of Duty. While some entries have performed better than others over the years, the series has produced a string of mega-hits that's almost peerless in the gaming industry. Whenever a new Call of Duty releases, few even bother asking anymore if it was a hit. It's more useful to just how big a hit it was.

For those wondering about the latest iteration in the popular franchise, the answer is pretty danged big. According to information released by Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops III has earned more 550 million dollars in global revenue since it hit store shelves three days ago. The publisher would go on to reveal that its sales have been significantly better than the past two Call of Duty games: Ghosts and Advanced Warfare. It also shared that digital purchases of the game's Xbox One and PS4 editions rose nearly 100 percent when compared to Advanced Warfare. Feeling perhaps understandably boastful, the company claimed that the game's success has made it "bigger than any [other] game, any movie, or any entertainment launch this year."

It's worth noting, of course, that $550 million in three days isn't exactly the best the franchise has ever done. 2012's Black Ops II, for instance, made 500 million dollars in a mere 24 hours. That being the case, Black Ops III's performance is still undeniably impressive, especially when you factor in how much earlier we are in the current console generation when compared to 2012.

Source: Gamespot

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A surprise, considering the state of the PC release. Well, That shall certainly be keeping them in jeans and heroin.

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Well done, Activision. However, I feel you should have added, "so far" at the end of your claim. Because once Star Wars comes out later this year, there will be a movie that rakes in more than the game. I am having fun playing it though, which is more than I can say for the last two Call of Duty games.

not very surprised. pretty much every titles sells like mad, regardless if its good or bad.
and so far the reviews i keep reading on steam is how bad its performing. never the less, i keep my fingers off it. gave up on assassins creed as well.
and yes, i also think that battlefront will cash in very well too. because its star wars. and lest see how much money the movie will bring in. i know mine will be in there since i want to watch it. but i will not get the game.

I don't know, this sounds like bs to me considering that yesterday fallout 4 was the most played game on steam, managing to edge out counter strike and dota II.

Sniper Team 4:
Well done, Activision. However, I feel you should have added, "so far" at the end of your claim. Because once Star Wars comes out later this year, there will be a movie that rakes in more than the game. I am having fun playing it though, which is more than I can say for the last two Call of Duty games.

No need to add "so far" when it's already not true.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_in_film#Highest-grossing_films

Maybe they'll pass a few of those, but currently 7 movies this year already beating their 550 number.

Sniper Team 4:
Well done, Activision. However, I feel you should have added, "so far" at the end of your claim. Because once Star Wars comes out later this year, there will be a movie that rakes in more than the game. I am having fun playing it though, which is more than I can say for the last two Call of Duty games.

You think a Star Wars film is going to beat Jurassic World and Avengers Age of Ultron? USA maybe but worldwide no chance and these CoD figures are for worldwide.

Jadak:

Sniper Team 4:
Well done, Activision. However, I feel you should have added, "so far" at the end of your claim. Because once Star Wars comes out later this year, there will be a movie that rakes in more than the game. I am having fun playing it though, which is more than I can say for the last two Call of Duty games.

No need to add "so far" when it's already not true.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_in_film#Highest-grossing_films

Maybe they'll pass a few of those, but currently 7 movies this year already beating their 550 number.

If you read the article you would know that Activision was stating that CoD brought in more revenue in the first 3 days than any other property.

Those film figures are to date not just first 3 days.

P-89 Scorpion:

Sniper Team 4:
Well done, Activision. However, I feel you should have added, "so far" at the end of your claim. Because once Star Wars comes out later this year, there will be a movie that rakes in more than the game. I am having fun playing it though, which is more than I can say for the last two Call of Duty games.

You think a Star Wars film is going to beat Jurassic World and Avengers Age of Ultron? USA maybe but worldwide no chance and these CoD figures are for worldwide.

Oh yes, I believe it will too. I'd go so far as to predict that Episode VII will have the biggest opening weekend in box office history. I can understand why you might not think so, given the low quality of the prequels. If George Lucas were helming the production, my opinion would probably align with yours. But he isn't. And the advertising for this movie is expertly plucking the nostalgia strings of men and women who grew up with the original trilogy. Nostalgia is a powerful thing. The movie could end up being worse than the prequels, but it will still rake in truckloads of dosh simply because of nostalgia.

Worgen:
I don't know, this sounds like bs to me considering that yesterday fallout 4 was the most played game on steam, managing to edge out counter strike and dota II.

COD has always been bigger on console then on PC, so no surprise there.

This reminds me of when a bully punches a defenseless nerd to the ground, then goes around flexing his muscles, telling everyone how strong and awesome he is. While the Escapist congratulates him on his fine form.

Michael Prymula:

Worgen:
I don't know, this sounds like bs to me considering that yesterday fallout 4 was the most played game on steam, managing to edge out counter strike and dota II.

COD has always been bigger on console then on PC, so no surprise there.

LOL really using Steam of all things to measure a games popularity hah.

Even poor selling games on the Xbox one do better than big sellers steam versions.

Arstechnica does yearly charts here's last years.

Go to the 3rd graph for bought games rather than F2P.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/03/steam-gauge-measuring-the-most-popular-steam-games-of-2014/

I'll be interested to see how this does against Fallout 4 sales wise.

shintakie10:
I'll be interested to see how this does against Fallout 4 sales wise.

I remember seeing earlier this morning that the highest number of players at one time on Steam was literally 10 times higher for Fallout 4 then it was for Black Ops III (over 300,000 and a little over 30,000 respectively).

Activition is likely going to come in second on this one.

Edit: found the picture.

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Of course it would rake in more cash than the last two: Black Ops II was the last great Call of Duty game, and the fanbase has had nothing but revilement for Ghosts and Advanced Warfare.

Black Ops III is also great, in the multiplayer and Zombies which are the only modes the people care about.

Once again I narrow my eyes in suspicion because of how they avoid saying how many copies they sold.

Even if it was high it feels like they're hiding something from me.

Worgen:
I don't know, this sounds like bs to me considering that yesterday fallout 4 was the most played game on steam, managing to edge out counter strike and dota II.

Consoles vs PC's

Fallout has a very distinct public attraction but it's still smaller relatively then every lad and the mum that's willing to fork over the cash for a console + yearly releases of CoD and Fifa(or Madden/NBA depending on where you live).

Zontar:

shintakie10:
I'll be interested to see how this does against Fallout 4 sales wise.

I remember seeing earlier this morning that the highest number of players at one time on Steam was literally 10 times higher for Fallout 4 then it was for Black Ops III (over 300,000 and a little over 30,000 respectively).

Activition is likely going to come in second on this one.

absolutely disregarding the fact that the CoD fanbase is on consoles and not on PC's.

Honestly I know tons of people (and they're a particular type of people) who own a PS4 simply to play CoD and sports games with their friends/online, it is only every now and then that they venture out of that comfort zone.

P-89 Scorpion:

Sniper Team 4:
Well done, Activision. However, I feel you should have added, "so far" at the end of your claim. Because once Star Wars comes out later this year, there will be a movie that rakes in more than the game. I am having fun playing it though, which is more than I can say for the last two Call of Duty games.

You think a Star Wars film is going to beat Jurassic World and Avengers Age of Ultron? USA maybe but worldwide no chance and these CoD figures are for worldwide.

Um...yes? Considering it's already completely shattered pre sale records. Not broken, not surpassed. It shattered them. Screenings are already sold out and theaters have had to add more showtimes just to cover it. Websites crashed because so many people tried to buy pre-sale tickets. When the actual film comes out, it is going to be a monster.

Sniper Team 4:

Um...yes? Considering it's already completely shattered pre sale records. Not broken, not surpassed. It shattered them. Screenings are already sold out and theaters have had to add more showtimes just to cover it. Websites crashed because so many people tried to buy pre-sale tickets. When the actual film comes out, it is going to be a monster.

Want to make a bet about that? $1000 through paypal to the winner? if Star wars becomes highest grossing film worldwide not just USA like those pre sales where?

Politrukk:
absolutely disregarding the fact that the CoD fanbase is on consoles and not on PC's.

I'd appreciate it if you could cite a source for that statement, but for the moment let's assume you're correct. Are you therefore implying that the Fallout 4 fan-base is only on PCs and not on consoles? Because that seems highly unlikely.

P-89 Scorpion:

Sniper Team 4:

Um...yes? Considering it's already completely shattered pre sale records. Not broken, not surpassed. It shattered them. Screenings are already sold out and theaters have had to add more showtimes just to cover it. Websites crashed because so many people tried to buy pre-sale tickets. When the actual film comes out, it is going to be a monster.

Want to make a bet about that? $1000 through paypal to the winner? if Star wars becomes highest grossing film worldwide not just USA like those pre sales where?

I think you're going to be wrong about this one, it's not just the US, but in the UK as well, and I'm not familiar with how other countries track their pre-sales or where to look for that, but I'd wager they are pretty high as well.

Well my copy came with the 1TB PS4 I bought, there wasn't any other 1TB models to buy.

I wonder how many copies were moved this way.

God damn it, I was hoping that the CoD train was finally slowing down, and that the spunkgargleweewee bubble was starting to burst.

Oh well...

plus2exp:

Politrukk:
absolutely disregarding the fact that the CoD fanbase is on consoles and not on PC's.

I'd appreciate it if you could cite a source for that statement, but for the moment let's assume you're correct. Are you therefore implying that the Fallout 4 fan-base is only on PCs and not on consoles? Because that seems highly unlikely.

Well if you look at the best selling list of video games you see a lot of call of duties in multi platform and on console but not on pc in terms of sales. So its safe to say call of duty does target console users primarily since that's where their sales are.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_video_games

As for the sales of fallout all I could find on fallout 3 sales suggest that is fairly even but mostly pc. I'll quote the wikipedia

"From its release in October through the end of 2008, Fallout 3 shipped over 4.7 million units.[88] According to NPD Group the Xbox 360 version has sold 1.14 million units and the PlayStation 3 version has sold 552,000 units as of January 2009. The Xbox 360 version was the 14th best-selling game of December 2008 in the United States, while the PlayStation 3 version was the eighth best-selling PlayStation 3 game in that region and month."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout_3

But considering the different marketing and various other factors I wouldn't make any jumps about fallout 4 sales yet and on what platform it will be most popular on.

Well this is depressing. Really want this thing to just go away. I bet after I'm dead there will still be Call of Duty games.

By this point the only good games they release are the Treyarch ones. I did actually really enjoy the campaign for this one though since they were exploring some different territory with it rather than the usual Call Of Duty formula. I don't think that it's quite as fabulously nutty as Black Ops 1 ("THE NUMBERS MASON! WHAT DO THEY MEAN!?") but it really does come very close at times. The ending to the campaign, I won't spoil it but it all seems really, really rushed with a load of plot threads being revealed and tied up within 5 minutes.

And yes, I'm the solitary nutter who plays CoD games for the campaign mostly. I've not enjoyed the multiplayer since MW2 because MW1's dedicated servers and ability to play LAN spoiled me by giving me actual contact with friends and real fun LAN parties.

And Zombies is... Well it's Zombies, there's not really much you can do to iterate on that.

plus2exp:

Politrukk:
absolutely disregarding the fact that the CoD fanbase is on consoles and not on PC's.

I'd appreciate it if you could cite a source for that statement, but for the moment let's assume you're correct. Are you therefore implying that the Fallout 4 fan-base is only on PCs and not on consoles? Because that seems highly unlikely.

http://www.gamesetwatch.com/call-of-duty-history-breakdown.png
http://indiegames.com/2012/12/06/callofduty.png
http://www.statisticbrain.com/xbox-360-best-selling-games-statistics/
http://www.statisticbrain.com/playstation-3-best-selling-game-statistics/
http://www.statisticbrain.com/xbox-one-top-selling-games/

And how much of that are they gonna have to spend on fixing/refunding the PC version, seriously, I don't even game on a PC and I felt bloody offended by the state of that thing.

People are such sheep. I don't get it. It's a mediocre fps.

 

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